Tools and guidelines for managing ecological health

This page lists guidelines, tools and protocols for managing the ecological health of rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater resources in New Zealand. 

Cultural health index 

A cultural health index for streams and waterways: A tool for nationwide use
Provides a framework for Māori to apply traditional methods and perspectives in assessing the overall health of waterways in their areas.

Using the cultural health index: how to assess the health of streams and waterways
Explains how to apply the index for streams and waterways, from selecting sites and setting up a monitoring team to calculating the index scores for the sites.

Rivers and streams

The New Zealand stream health monitoring and assessment kit [NIWA website]
Consists of a user guide and equipment for monitoring that enables users to collect scientifically robust data on stream health.

A user guide for the macroinvertebrate community index
Advice on appropriate application of the MCI in different stream environments, design of monitoring programmes and data analyses.

Protocols for sampling macroinvertebrates in wadeable streams
Identifies and describes standardised protocols for macroinvertebrate biomonitoring.

Draft guidelines for the selection of methods to determine ecological flows and water levels
Scientific guidelines for the selection of methods to determine ecological flows and water levels for rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater resources.

Lakes

Protocol for monitoring trophic levels of New Zealand lakes and reservoirs
It specifies a cost-effective method to determine the trophic levels of lakes and changes in these levels over time.

Lake manager's handbook: Fish in New Zealand lakes
Information on native and exotic fish populations in substantial lakes and reservoirs.

Lake manager's handbook: Lake-level management
Information on lake levels, lakeshore erosion and marginal vegetation.

Lake manager's handbook: Alien invaders
Information on pest fish and weeds in New Zealand lakes.

Lake manager's handbook: Land-water interactions
Information on the relationship between water quality in lakes and the processes in the surrounding catchment.

Draft guidelines for the selection of methods to determine ecological flows and water levels
Scientific guidelines for the selection of methods to determine ecological flows and water levels for rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater resources.

Wetlands and groundwater resources

Draft guidelines for the selection of methods to determine ecological flows and water levels
Scientific guidelines for the selection of methods to determine ecological flows and water levels for rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater resources.

Reviewed:
02/03/16